|Subject / Grade||Social Studies|
|"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right."|
|-- George Orwell, 1984|
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I am entering my third year as a teacher and am having a blast. Although, my previous 30-year career as a Federal Law Enforcement Special Agent (and supporting similar missions overseas when I retired) was the most interesting, thrilling, exciting, period of my life, teaching junior high students has been the most fulfilling and purposeful. I sincerely look forward going to work each and every day. I learn from the kids as much as they learn from me.
My Education and Professional Background
I recently retired as a Special Agent/Criminal Investigator with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). After retiring from DEA, I managed various programs for the US Government in Afghanistan and conducted background investigations on government applicants as a contractor. Before my career with DEA, I served in the US Navy Submarine Service and the US Army Reserve. After my active military service, I attended the University of Northern Colorado where I received a BA in Political Science with a minor in Russian/Soviet Studies. After retiring from DEA, I attended Arizona State University, Mary Fulton Teachers College where I completed the requirements for my secondary education certification as an educator of social studies and history at the middle and high school level.
My Educational Philosophy
Although, I think education in the sciences and technology is critical to our ability to compete in the world, the study of humanities and arts are paramount in preparing children and young adults to participate in a common civic culture. Education such as social studies and history is essential to cultivate active participation in a robust democracy. I believe schools should instill those values that living in a democracy comes with responsibility requiring sincere contemplation and participation.
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